Bad governance is broadly recognized as a root cause of poverty, often equated with global trends such as climate change or the youth bulge as a force able to rapidly undo development efforts or fuel conflict. On the other hand, governance success has the potential to quickly leverage and sustain development gains.
Governance is a powerful component of integrated programming for Mercy Corps. Since, at its core, governance is about decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented, its influence cross-cuts all sectors and locations of relief and development programming. Mercy Corps believes that each country needs to decide its own economic and social priorities with leadership from government, in partnership with and accountable to the people who live in the country. Individuals, institutions and organizations within the public, private and civil society arenas need to be strong, accountable and participatory. In this way, good governance is not an end in itself, but rather a means to building and sustaining secure, productive and just communities.
Mercy Corps believes that partnership is critical to achieving deep impact, sustainability, and amplifying reach. We collaborate with a diverse range of partner agencies and institutions at all levels of the public, private and civil society sectors to address the global challenges that drive our work. Read more about our Governance Approach and work in the resources below.
All stories about Good Governance
Elevation Impact: Strategic engagement with the World Bank
This report examines the overarching context for World Bank-NGO engagement to evaluate if and how Mercy Corps can elevate its work in promoting good governance through strategic engagement with the World Bank.
Social Capital and Good Governance
This research brief attempts to articulate the processes and pathways through which social capital contributes to good governance and promotes the collective good.
Engaging Young People in Governance
Mercy Corps' new report outlining our approach to increasing youth participation in community decision-making and governance processes.
Mongolia: Strategic Resilience Assessment in Mongolia
Mercy Corps applied the Strategic Resilience Assessment process (STRESS), focusing on Mongolia’s herding communities and rapidly urbanizing areas with the goal of developing a long-term strategy for supporting sustained, inclusive growth in Mongolia using a resilience approach.
ADAPTing Aid: Lessons from Six Case Studies
In 2015 the IRC and Mercy Corps joined forces to launch ADAPT (Analysis Driven Agile Programming Techniques) to research, innovate and field test adaptive management techniques for the sector.
Iraq: Investing in Iraq’s Peace: How Good Governance Can Diminish Support for Violent Extremism
According to new Mercy Corps research, the success of armed groups in Iraq
Pathways from Peace to Resilience
Evidence from the Greater Horn of Africa on the Links between Conflict Management and Resilience to Food Security Shocks
Jordan, Syria: From Jordan to Jihad: The Lure of Syria’s Violent Extremist Groups
Mercy Corps research seeks to better understand what drives Jordanians to fight in order to influence evolving policy and programming seeking to mitigate violence and promote stability.
Jordan, Syria: Seeking Stability: Evidence on Strategies for Reducing Risk of Conflict in Northern Jordanian Communities Hosting Syrian Refugees
Despite the heightened attention to conflict in Jordan stemming from the Syrian refugee crisis, little evidence exists on which interventions are effective in mitigating the risk of violence and fu
Iraq: Beyond Humanitarian Relief: Strengthening the Foundation for a More Stable Iraq
This policy brief outlines the need for for a holistic approach to assistance in Iraq that addresses needs throughout the country through work with grassroots organizations and local stakeholders to move toward citizen-government engagement.